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Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

The main access road into Cataloochee, Cove Creek Road, is expected to be closed from November 1 through February 29 for roadwork while the North Carolina Department of Transportation repairs a slide just outside the park along the county road. This full road closure will prevent access into Cataloochee from this main access point. The […]

Burn Permits Required Beginning Sept. 23

Burn Permits Required Beginning Sept. 23

With hot and dry weather leading into our fall fire season, Tennessee’s State Forester is requiring a burn permit for all open-air outdoor fires beginning Sept. 23. Typically, burn permits are required statewide Oct. 15-May 15. While Tennessee has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, and indices right now don’t suggest a […]

Fall Foliage Lovers

Fall Foliage Lovers

For fall foliage lovers it is that time of year when the gaze goes to the tree tops to see if there is any change of color. While a few leaves of yellow may be present sporadically, we have not reached the combination locally that will produce those wonderful shades of red and orange that […]

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

  The calendar may say that summer is winding down but the thermometer tells an entirely different story. While the average temperature for this time of the year is generally in the mid eighties and decreasing as the month progresses toward fall, next week may prove to be the anomaly. If the current weather forecast […]

Park Webcams Provide Smokies Views and Weather

Park Webcams Provide Smokies Views and Weather

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently installed webcams at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome, providing visitors with near real-time access to weather conditions and views from the highest elevations in the park. The public can access images taken every 15 minutes, along with hourly information on temperature, humidity, wind speeds, precipitation, and air quality.  The […]

Family Heirlooms Come Back to the Smokies

Family Heirlooms Come Back to the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received a priceless donation of Cades Cove artifacts to the museum collections. The great-granddaughter of Dan and Sidney Lawson, Robin Derryberry of Chattanooga, TN, donated a chest of drawers, family Bible, wedding portraits, and other family photographs to the National Park Service for longterm preservation at the National Park […]

Park Resumes Paving Work on Little River Road

Park Resumes Paving Work on Little River Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the pavement preservation project on Little River Road will resume Monday, August 19.  A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center and the Townsend Wye, along with associated pull-offs and parking lots, and Elkmont Road leading to […]

Interagency Search Effort Leads to Successful Outcome

Interagency Search Effort Leads to Successful Outcome

After spending four nights lost in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kevin Mark Lynch was found by searchers.  At approximately 4:25 p.m. searchers discovered Lynch, alert and responsive, in the southeast area of the park near the Cataloochee Divide Trail.Earlier this afternoon, grid search team members discovered the first significant leads in […]

Search Operations Amplify for Missing New Jersey Man

Search Operations Amplify for Missing New Jersey Man

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers continue to search for 58 year-old Kevin Mark Lynch who went missing on Saturday, July 27.  Lynch was reportedly last seen walking along the boundary of the park at the Swag resort in Haywood County, NC near the Cataloochee Divide Trail.Lynch is a white male approximately 5’5” feet tall, […]

National Park Service Seeks Information Regarding Man’s Death

National Park Service Seeks Information Regarding Man’s Death

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of David Carver, Jr who was found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on July 8, 2019. Carver was reported missing by a family member to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office in early June. If you have […]

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